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College of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District ASTI Program Wins National Award

2 October 2015

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The Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School partnership between the Alameda Unified School District and College of Alameda, one the four Peralta Colleges, has won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

The award, which is given out by the U.S. Department of Education, honors academically excellent elementary, middle and high schools. ASTI was designated as an “Exemplary High Performing School,” which means it is in the top 15 percent of schools statewide, as measured by various assessments, such as overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Only 29 schools (8 of which are high schools) in California received that designation. Across the country, only 285 schools received the award.

“The College of Alameda is pleased with this much deserved, national recognition of ASTI,” said Joi Lin Blake, President of College of Alameda.

“Research has shown that early college high school partnerships increase student access, affordability, achievement and completion. And ASTI is an example of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to continued collaborative partnerships with our K-12 colleagues that promote and support student success,” Blake said.

Pesident Blake also noted that ASTI 2015 graduating class had received $400,000 in scholarships.

ASTI’s primary objective is to increase college readiness and retention among first-generation college-bound students and students from groups that are typically underrepresented on college campuses. The program allows students to enroll full-time at College of Alameda in 11th and 12th grade. As a result, about 40% of the students graduate with an AA degree, and 88% of the graduates meet the course requirements for attending a UC. The school was founded in 2002 and is supported by Measure A parcel tax money.

Five of the eight public high schools chosen from California were Early or Middle College High Schools.

The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC next month on Nov. 9-10. Each school will receive an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments. In its 33-year history, more than 8,000 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award

Read more about the ASTI program here:

http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/winning/15ca454pu_alameda_science_and_technology_institute_asti.html

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight September 8, 2015

15 September 2015

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At the September 8, 2015 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees, President Joi Lin Blake received a donation to the College of Alameda from Tenacity Ten Lacrosse organization to fund the CoA Promise. The Board approved the final 2015-2016 budget after a public hearing and presentation by Vice Chancellor Ron Little. And a controversial choice was accepted for Employer Liaison for the California Career Pathways Trust. Please view the entire meeting at http://web.peralta.edu/trustees/meetings-votelog/

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Peralta Matters – College Presidents

27 February 2015

This month, we are talking to the Presidents of our four Peralta Colleges. First up, Laney College President Dr Elñora Webb describes the power of saying yes. Merritt College President Dr Norma Ambriz-Galaviz highlights some new projects at Merritt, including the upcoming opening of the Barbara Lee Allied Health Building and a new certificate program in Cyber-Security. Our newest President, Dr Joi Lin Blake at College of Alameda, presents her vision and leadership style. And Dr Deborah Budd helps us understand the buzz at Berkeley City College.

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